Alumni Spotlights feature MHS Alumni who have been nominated by others for the work they are doing or how they impact their community. Kelsey Brinkman was nominated by a current MHS teacher who has kept up with Kelsey and now calls her a peer in the field of teaching. We love hearing about former students who are now giving back to education and inspiring the next generation of students!
Kelsey (Hoover) Brinkman
Class of 2008
1. What activities, clubs, or organizations were you involved with during high school?
Forensics and stage crew
2. What were you best known for in high school?
I don't think I had any standouts. I was a pretty good student who was friendly to all.
3. How did your time at MHS impact your college experience?
MHS has high expectations with teachers who care about your success. The high expectations and the writing skills, organization skills, etc. I acquired in high school all prepared me to be successful in my college experience.
4. What have you been up to since graduation?
Since graduating at MHS, I earned my BA in Psychology and BA in Sociology at UW-Milwaukee. After graduating, I married my high school sweetheart and best friend, John Brinkman, in 2013. The day after returning from our honeymoon, I began attending Alverno College as part of their Licensure to Master's Program. I earned my teaching license in 6-12th grade Social Studies while completing graduate courses in Education. Part of my student teaching experience was actually with the incredibly talented MHS teacher, Kenneth Bosch!
After earning my teaching license, I got a job as a building substitute teacher at South Milwaukee Middle/High School. I learned a lot about behavior management and building relationships as a substitute. While subbing, John, our two cats (Ziggy and Luna), and I went through an apartment fire. We were displaced for over three months due to heat and smoke damage. We were just so thankful the firefighters saved our cats!
After moving back to our apartment, I got a job at Brookfield East High School as an AP Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Intro. to Psychology, and 20th Century U.S. History teacher. I also became an assistant forensics coach. I am happy to say that next school year I will be starting the AP Psychology course at South Milwaukee High School!
Besides lesson planning, grading, and hanging out with John and our cats, I have a hobby of making budgeting-related YouTube videos. Being transparent with our finances in the videos is holding us accountable in achieving our goals. Life has been a roller coaster, but I have learned that happiness is the key to success!
5. Are there any specific teachers who had a great influence on you during high school? In what ways did they influence you?
Margaret Pyne had a major influence on me during high school and she continues to be a huge role model. I always knew I wanted to be a teacher, but I didn't know which subject I wanted to teach. When I first took Intro. to Psychology, I was enthralled in the subject. Not only was the subject fascinating, but Ms. Pyne had a way of making everything we did exciting. She had a passion for teaching that showed through day in and day out. I remember thinking that that was the kind of teacher I wanted to be. I wanted to teach something I was passionate about and I wanted my students to feel that excitement in the classroom. She continued to fascinate me in AP Psychology. I kept in touch with her throughout college, student teaching, applying for teaching jobs, etc. as she was always there to give me advice. I saw her fairly recently as we both attended the Milwaukee Area Teachers of Psychology meeting!
6. In what ways are you impacting your community or making an impact in your field of work?
My dream has been to make a positive difference in the lives of others and I find teaching to be a very rewarding field in achieving that goal. I want to make learning exciting and I want students to know that I care. By achieving these two things, I feel I am making a positive impact in my work and the future of our community.
7. Any advice you would like to give current MHS students or comments for the Warrior Nation community.
For current MHS students, I want to say to enjoy your high school years! You may hear it all the time, but high school IS truly one of the best years of your life. You may never see your classmates again after high school, so put aside the drama and focus on enjoying the moments as you only have them once. Make a positive impact so people will remember your greatness and kindness! Also, do whatever you can to not take out student loans :) Above all, do what makes you happy. Instead of saying that you won’t be happy until you are successful, make an effort to do things that make you happy and ultimately, you will be MORE successful! Don’t compare your life to others. Don’t worry too much about the future. Just enjoy life!
Ryan Beczkiewicz – College and Career Ready
Class of 2015
Ryan Beczkiewicz, class of 2015, jumped right into his college experience at the University of Minnesota before classes even started for him in the fall of 2015. Warrior Nation caught up with Ryan to see how his time at college has been thus far and how MHS prepared him for all that college has had in store.
Q: What has your college experience been like?
A: When I first got to college, I joined the University of Minnesota Marching Band, and it was the absolute best decision I made coming to college. I arrived 2 weeks early, immediately had 320 friends in a different state, and was already a part of the university, instead of just going to the university. I also joined a professional co-ed band sorority that is focused on serving university bands through fundraising and service projects (basically a college version of what the student council does at MHS). The coursework became a lot more intense, but also more rewarding because I am able to focus specifically on what I love to learn about.
Q: How did your time at MHS impact your college experience?
A: My four years at MHS impacted me as a person a lot before I got to college. The experiences, education, and possibilities available for me at MHS helped set me up for success at the next level. The possibilities for AP credit were truly a huge help before getting to college. The ability to take all of the AP classes I did and earn college credit for the work I put in helped me get ahead in my course load, which means I don't have to load up every single one of my semesters and can spend more time delving into the things I find the most intriguing.
Q: Are there any specific teachers who had a great influence on you during high school? In what ways did they influence you?
A: While I enjoyed all of the teachers who I took a class with at MHS and owe all of them a thank you note, there are two teachers who I think influenced me most: Mr. Beckman and Ms. Jung (Mrs. Harris). Mr. Beckman influenced me through his constant appreciation and enthusiasm for band and music. I probably would not have joined the marching band at college if it weren't for Mr. Beckman constantly pushing me to be a better musician and to continue on with music into college. I have Ms. Jung to thank for my personality. I had her both as a teacher as well as an advisor for student council. She truly helped me grow as a person shaping me as a leader, an outgoing person, and someone who will never give up. She helped me become who I am today.
Q: Any advice you would like to give current MHS students.
A: The advice I would give to current MHS students, don't get stressed out about little things. You will fail a test. You will get a bad grade on a homework assignment. You will fall down. But college isn't about the falls; it's about getting up afterwards and pushing through the hard times toward success.
Mr. Beckman, MHS band teacher, also informed Warrior Nation of accolades Ryan has received at U of M. Ryan received the “Chair Award” for the marching band this year as a sophomore, an award typically reserved for upperclassmen. The award goes to the band member they believe has the best, most technical, overall marching and playing ability. Ryan also received a scholarship for band members who have put in a lot of time and effort in service to the band. Ryan’s band experience has allowed him to travel to other states, playing at the Volleyball Final Four, Men’s Big Ten Basketball Tournament, and the First Round of the Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament.
Ryan is pursuing his Bachelor degree in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics with a minor in Astrophysics.
Warrior Nation wishes Ryan the best as he continues his time at the University of Minnesota and beyond as he begins his career!
Registration for the
Muskego-Norway School District Race
If you register for all three races, you'll receive a FREE backpack upon completion of the third race!
Early Bird Registration: $25.00
Late Registration: $35.00
Kids 1K Race: $10.00
*Participant shirt not guaranteed with early packet pick-up registrations and day of registrations
All prices do not include WI sales tax or RunSignUp.com processing fees.
Date & Location:
- Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017
- Location: W185S8750 Racine Ave. Muskego WI, 53150 - Click here for Map & Directions
Packet Pick Up:
- Date: Friday, June 23, 2017
- Location: Dunham Sports - 15470 W. Beloit Rd., New Berlin Wi, 53151 - Click here for Map & Directions
- Time: 3-7PM
Schedule of Events
- 7:45-8:45 am - Last Call Registration/Packet Pick-Up
- 9:00 am - Kids 1K Race
- 9:30 am - 5K Run/walk
- 11:30 am - Awards
- 12:00 pm - Course Closes
The run/walk will begin at the High School and route through the community returning back to the High School. The route will be clear for runners, walkers and those pushing strollers (walkers and strollers at the end, please.)
The Kids 1K race takes place on the high school track.
Stay tuned for course maps!
Check out this great feature on UW Oshkosh Today!
Brianna Witter showing what it means to be college and career ready in her post-high school career!